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October 19, 2018

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist and head of the Allen family office Vulcan, has died aged 65.

Vulcan, which managed his business and philanthropic interests, said in a statement he died in Seattle from complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, only two weeks after Allen announced he was being treated for the disease.

Allen was among the world’s wealthiest individuals and, at the time of his death, ranked 44th on Forbes 2018 list of billionaires with an estimated net worth of more than $20 billion.

March 26, 2018

The term “impact investing” celebrated its 10th birthday in 2017, a year where it seemed every other investment house launched a new fund offering to tap into the trend. But what does it really take to be an impact investor? And is the term being thrown around too loosely? Alexandra Newlove speaks to those active in the sector 

The term “impact investing” celebrated its 10th birthday in 2017, a year where it seemed every other investment house launched a new fund offering to tap into the trend. But what does it really take to be an impact investor? And is the term being thrown around too loosely? Alexandra Newlove speaks to those active in the sector 

May 19, 2017

In the wake of the WannaCry cyber attack which infected 200,000 computers in 150 countries, family businesses are asking how they can best protect themselves.

In the wake of the WannaCry cyber attack which infected 200,000 computers in 150 countries, family businesses are asking how they can best protect themselves.

The Global Family Office Report found 15% of family offices admitted being victims of a cyber-security breach and most hacks resulted in resulted in losses of $50,000 or less. However, one case resulted in the loss of $10 million or more and industry commentators suspected the real number of family offices attacked was far greater.

March 24, 2016

Making a dime from coin collecting is not a certainty, but with returns of 234% in the past 10 years, those numismatists with a passion for precious metal can do well out of these small pieces of history. Daniel Bardsley reports

The extraordinary success of the Rothschild banking dynasty can be traced back to a young man with a passion for collecting coins.

According to the family archive, Mayer Amschel Rothschild became interested in coins as a small boy and had not even reached his mid-teens when, in 1757, he took up a job in a bank’s rare-coins department.

September 10, 2013

So, farewell then, Nokia. Well, not quite. But the absorption of the Finnish mobile phone giant by Microsoft was a big moment in the story of its decline. It is probably a matter of time before the name is history. 

So, farewell then, Nokia. Well, not quite. But the absorption of the Finnish mobile phone giant by Microsoft was a big moment in the story of its decline. It is probably a matter of time before the name is history.

Apparently there was a lot of hand-wringing and soul-searching in Finland about the deal, but the writing has evidently been on the wall ever since the infamous “burning platform” email by its CEO Stephen Elop, the former Microsoft man who will now go back to his old employer, taking Nokia with him.

May 30, 2008

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has taken a 3% stake in UK family-owned business Carpetright.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates (pictured) has taken a 3% stake in UK family-owned business Carpetright. Gates has made the investment through his private Cascade Investment company, which holds stakes in a diverse range of companies including family-owned Cox Communications and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.

June 1, 2003

Family businesses have always been here. They have survived vast change, dominated many fields and have made major, lasting contributions to the economy and to society. It will be interesting to see how family businesses evolve into the third millenium

James Olan Hutcheson spent 19 years in his family business, the world's largest photography company, before forming ReGENERATION Partners, an international business consulting group.

Family businesses have always been here. They have survived vast change, dominated many fields and have made major, lasting contributions to the economy and to society. It will be interesting to see how family businesses evolve into the third millenium

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